Wow, that's actually quite expensive and are you sure you're going to be doing 3-way SLI? I would recommend a combo like this:
- X38 motherboard. No SLI support but better boards in general compared to the Nvidia chipsets.
Or this one if you don't want to spend quite as much: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130098
The X38 mobo supports DDR2 and
DDR3 memory (not at the same time BTW). The P35 supports DDR2 memory only. But the performance difference between DDR2 and DDR3 ATM is virtually nil. So not having support for DDR3 is no real loss. The X38 also has PCI-E 2.0 support but no graphics card will be able to take advantage of this at least not within the next year or so. The last thing the X38 has on it's side is support for the new 1600MHz FSB CPUs but these will only be the mega expensive Core 2 Extremes so everything points to the P35 as the best motherboard for you.
As for the CPU, the Q6600 you were looking at is very good if you're going to be doing some video editing. There are also a few other options:
- This is one of Intel's new 45nm CPUs. They are more energy efficient and can do more per clock cycle than the older 65nm Conroes. Here's an article about them: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...-wolfdale.html
The other choice is one of the new 45nm quad cores, but they won't be available for another month or so. The cheapest one (Q9300) will cost in the region of $266. It will have a clock speed of 2.66MHz and a 6MB L2 cache. There's another article about it here: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...uad-q9300.html
The other option I know of is the Q9450. I'm not sure of the clock speed but I now that it has 12MB of L2 cache. I think the price is going to be around $300.